Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: BEA 2016
Goodreads: A star quarterback and a feisty detective play for keeps in this sporty, sexy, sassy novel—a long-awaited new entry in the beloved, award-winning, New York Times bestselling author’s fan-favorite Chicago Stars football series.
Piper Dove is a woman with a dream—to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham’s spotted her, and he’s not happy.
Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. “The fact is…I’m your stalker. Not full-out barmy. Just…mildly unhinged.”
Piper soon finds herself working for Graham himself, although not as the bodyguard he refuses to admit he so desperately needs. Instead, he’s hired her to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive new nightclub. But Coop’s life might be in danger, and Piper’s determined to protect him, whether he wants it or not. (Hint: Not!) If only she weren’t also dealing with a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a teenager who just wants to fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding Piper find her very dead husband.
And then there’s Cooper Graham himself, a legendary sports hero who always gets what he wants—even if what he wants is a feisty detective hell bent on proving she’s as tough as he is.
From the bustling streets of Chicago to a windswept lighthouse on Lake Superior to the glistening waters of Biscayne Bay, two people who can’t stand to lose will test themselves and each other to discover what matters most.
Ope’s Opinion: This is the first Susan Elizabeth Phillips I have read, so I was a bit concerned that I might have missed something from one through seven. It did not feel at all like it was part of a series. It could have been a stand alone from my perspective. I do like to pick up new to me authors at BEA – and Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of the reasons.
The book started out slow for me, but that is part of what I think helped me not feel like I came in the middle of series. There were a lot of people to get to know. Piper is a interesting woman. She sure can think fast on her feet!
Although I thoroughly enjoyed this one, I am not sure I will follow this series as closely as her fan base does. But I do think I would read a stand alone by SEP.